ECCLR Committee petition: PE01490 - Control of Wild Goose Numbers

PE01490: Control of Wild Goose Numbers

Lodged 2 September 2013: Petition by Patrick Krause, on behalf of the Scottish Crofting Federation, calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to address the problems created by increasing populations of wild geese in the crofting areas as a matter of priority; reassess its decision to stop funding exiting goose management programmes; and assign additional resources to Crop Protection and Adaptive Management programmes to ensure this threat to the future of crofting is averted.

The ECCLR Committee inherited this petition from the Session 4 Committee on Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment.

Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee Consideration of PE01490

During the Committee's discussion of its work programme on 13 September 2016, it decided to write to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform seeking an update on the issue since it was last considered by the RACCE Committee. 

The Committee considered the petition at its meeting on 1 November 2016 and agreed to await the outcome of the SNH review of geese management policy.  It also agreed to write to the petitioner in the meantime seeking his views.

At its meeting on 1 May 2018, the Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking an update on the Scottish Natural Heritage review of goose management.

On 3 May 2019 the Cabinet Secretary wrote to the Committee with a copy of the National Goose Policy Framework Review and the independent assessment of how the review was done:

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